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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Saint Stephen

"St. Stephen!"


One of the more difficult songs that the GD played, the earliest known version to my knowledge is 06-14-1968 at the Fillmore East (a stand alone version)...this tune became part of the "core" suite of tunes that the GD jammed in 68-69...typically this went Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight...i always loved the early "High Green Chilly Winds" section...St. Stephen was shelved in 1971, reappeared in a slower arrangement with Donna singing along in 1976, the tune picked up more steam through '77-'78, cameoed in early '79, then re-emerged for 3 more appearances in October of 1983.

Recommended versions...

08-24-1968-Shrine Auditoreum--Vault 2, a great one
09-02-1968-Raspberry Farm--really uptempo, rips
02-28-1969-Fillmore West -- Live Dead version
03-01-1969-Fillmore West -- classic show classic version
04-26-1969-Electric theater, Chicago...nice!
06-24-1970-Port Chester
09-19-1970-Fillmore East--hot
04-28-1971-Fillmore East
06-11-1976-Boston--groovin' jam
05-08-1977-Barton Hall
06-09-1977-Winterland, brilliant segue from Estimated
10-15-1977-Moody Coliseum, rockin', nice sbd quality
12-30-1977-Winterland--on Dick's Picks 10
01-22-1978-maybe the best late 70s version
12-31-1978-Winterland-sweet version
10-11-1983-MSG-crank up the audience, just to hear the reaction, but...
10-15-1983-Hartford-is the better version from '83













This post was modified by stratocaster on 2007-02-16 14:10:40

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Great list, though I'm mildly suprised not to see 8/6/71.

Also, there's a lone Stephen from '77 (2/27/77, maybe?) that sounds closer to the orginal version, without that "waltz time" bridge (or whatever you want to call it- the same "lady finger" part where you can hear Donna start to come in too early on 5/8/77). It's the only such post-hiatus version that I know of. Or maybe I'm just imagining it....

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

i'll have to investigate that 77 version you speak of...08-06-1971 is a great show all around...this list is mutating...I'm going back to a couple of 71 shows in general 08-06 and 10-31 probably do belong in there...

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Poster: countmlbjam Date: Feb 16, 2007 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Please don't forget about 10-29-77, my favorite of the post era.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 15, 2007 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Cliffs favorite St. Stephen (tonight)...

2/2/70 Fox Theatre St Louis, MO (plush velvet seats)

Cumberland Blues, Dark Star > Saint Stephen > Mason's Children

You should have to sign a waiver before listening to this...


http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-02-02.sbd.vernon.10374.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 15, 2007 4:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Thanks Strat & CLIFF; this is my all time favorite song of the boys...and these versions (well okay, those before 76) really get me going...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 15, 2007 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Glad to see you and hope you are fine!

What is Tells all-time favorite William Tell Bridge?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 15, 2007 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

More sickness...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-01-26.sbd.kaplan.2246.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: dscott Date: Feb 15, 2007 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Don't forget 10/15/77 and 12/30/77, possibly the 2 best versions of the year.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 15, 2007 7:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

completely forgot about 12-30 off of Dick's Picks...good call on 10-15, don't remember having ever heard that one...real nice quality sbd, a few drop-outs here and there, but really a stand-out 77 St. Stephen...

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Feb 15, 2007 5:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

my favs are

1/22/78
10/31/71 (DP 2)
8/6/71

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Poster: CCCC Date: Apr 15, 2007 6:59am
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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Stratocaster,

6/11/76 is from the Boston run did you possibly mean 6/15 Beacon or 6/11?? (They both had Stephens)

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

Boston, my bad...also had MSG for Hartford on that other one...

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

As for 10/11/83, though the experience of it is something that I'll never forget, upon listening to the recordings it really was a rather sloppy affair with the whole jam almost falling apart.

I think I read that they really didn't want to play it on 10/31 but felt obligated to provide a west coast appearance.Maybe thats why they never played it again.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

i had recently given the 10-31-1983 version a listen and they do go through the motions on it...10-11-1983 is rough (rest of the show is great, you did get to see a fantastic Bird Song and China>Rider)...10-15-1983 is probably the best 83 show in general, the St. Stephen is the best one of the 83s, still could have used some more "rehearsal", but overall, not bad, at least there's energy and enthusiam...if they were reluctant to then they should have not done it on 10-31-1983 and saved it for the New Year's run in Oakland...

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Poster: ducats Date: Feb 15, 2007 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

where was the third 83 - I assume the first MSG one is the set w/Comes A Time?

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 15, 2007 4:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saint Stephen

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-10-31.sbd.gardner.3827.sbeok.shnf

10-31-1983--marin county veterans auditoreum